Over the past few days the NBA rumor mill has been abuzz with the prospects of the New Orleans Hornets and the Boston Celtics consummating a trade that includes two of the best point guards currently playing in the Association. According to the rumors, Celtics General Manager Danny Ainge has approached the New Orleans Hornets about a one on one deal that would send All-Star point guard Rajon Rondo to the “Big Easy” in exchange for the Hornets sending Chris Paul to Boston.
The chances of that deal ever coming to pass seem very slim according to a report by the “Boston Globe” on Wednesday. The paper states that Ainge would like to do the deal, but there are two barriers standing in the way of the deal being completed. The first road-block is that the Hornets would want more in a package for CP3 than just Rondo. Ainge reportedly has been working on getting a third team involved with the hope that they could entice New Orleans to trade Paul to Boston.
However, the major impediment in getting the Hornets point guard over to the Celtics, is the fact that Paul has made it known he will not sign a long-term deal with the club. Although Paul could help the Celtics possibly win the NBA Title next June, it could be the last hurrah for the team that won the Championship in 2008. Both Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen are getting up there in years and are both on the last year of their current deals.
Paul could very likely find himself in a rebuilding situation starting in the 2012-2013 campaign, a position he most likely would not want to be in. It is well-known that the point guard will become a Free Agent at the end of this season and has made no bones about his desire to play for the New York Knicks with Carmelo Anthony and Amar’e Stoudemire. The Knicks will be a team on the rise, a far different situation than could play out in Boston.
Although Chris Paul has been by far the best point guard in the NBA over the last few years, the Celtics have a star who has yet to reach his peak with Rondo. With Rondo being just 25-years-old, he may be a better fit to help accelerate the growth of a young team. Boston should concentrate on locking up Jeff Green and Glen Davis once Free Agents are allowed to be signed next month. Delonte West should be another player that Boston brings back to the team.
Rajon Rondo is an asset, not a problem for the Celtics this season. The club needs depth up-front, with Jermaine O’Neal looking as if he will become the starting center this season. With the injuries he went through last year, he is not a sure thing coming into this campaign. If the Celtics can shore up their weaknesses with their big men, then Rajon Rondo just very well might take them back to the NBA Finals and win another banner that the Celtics could raise to the roof of the “New Garden” next fall.